NRDC Nutrition Training Officer

THET is a specialist global health organisation that educates, trains and supports health workers through partnerships, strengthening health systems and enabling people in low and middle income countries to access essential healthcare.
THET has funding to support the Food and Nutrition Diploma course at the Natural Resources Development College (NRDC). Given that the programme is still in its early stage of development, THET is looking to recruit a Nutrition Training Officer (Lecturer) who can not only contribute to teaching and research, but is also willing to take a leadership role in designing future interventions.
Place of work
The Nutrition Training Officer (Lecturer) will be assigned to the Nutrition Department at NRDC. The college is located in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital.
Lines of accountability
The Nutrition Training Officer (Lecturer) will hold a visiting lecturer appointment with NRDC. The immediate supervisor will be the Head of the Nutrition Department, NRDC. The post-holder will also work closely with THET’s Nutrition Programme Coordinator.
Period of contract
February – June, 2016
This is a volunteer position, but THET will provide a housing and living stipend.
Scope of work
The main tasks of the Nutrition Training Officer (Lecturer) include ensuring the smooth running and timely delivery of all aspects of the Food and Nutrition Diploma course, conducting training and research needs assessments, and contributing to the delivery of NRDC’s Food and Nutrition programme, all under the guidance of the Head of Department.
Specific tasks include:
  1. Diploma course
     Teaching:
    o Teach 1-2 courses.
    o Monitor the delivery of all other Food and Nutrition Department courses.
    o Undertake the timely provision of training aids and materials in order to facilitate the delivery of material.
     Examinations & continuous assessments:
    o Attend examiners’ meetings.
    o Prepare exam papers.
    o Check the examination timetable.
    o Organize marking.
    o Collect and consolidate grades.
     Timetables:
    o Check Nutrition Department drafts, and resolve conflicts.
     Administration:
    o Find ways to expand physical resources (books, journals, equipment, software).
    o Monitor the distribution of textbooks, use of the resource centre, computer centre and anthropometric and classroom equipment.
    o Monitor admissions to the Food and Nutrition course.
    o Ensure updating and maintenance of course files.
     Student issues:
    o Address concerns, admin needs, and awards.
     Attend departmental staff meetings.
  2. Training needs assessment
     Undertake a training needs assessment to establish what support NRDC requires in order to deliver a quality and sustainable Diploma course. Potential areas for support include: curriculum development and review, teaching support, faculty development, infrastructure, etc.
  3. Other tasks
     Undertake a review of the existing research portfolio in the Department, including identification of obstacles to research and possible research areas for staff to pursue.
     Contribute to THET’s M&E reports and to the Nutrition Programme monitoring.
     Attend Nutrition Programme meetings.
     Network with broader nutrition community.
    Person specification:
     Bachelor of Science in Nutrition or a related subject. A postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline will be an added advantage.
     Experience working on teaching or/and curriculum development
     Work experience in the field of nutrition will be an added advantage
     Excellent report writing skills
     Excellent communication skills and good command of English
     Computer literate, good inter-personal skills.

Please submit your CV, with a cover letter, indicating why you are interested in this role and how you meet the specifications to Mpongwe Chanda, Nutrition Programme Coordinator, Applications are due by 29 February 2016 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
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